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TV sounding a little dull? If you don’t want to buy a new TV, try using a soundbar to give it a major boost—namely, the Roku 2.0-channel Smart Soundbar. This is a clever two-in-one that also works as a video streaming device. This smart hybrid is on sale for $160, or $34 off at QVC. That’s even cheaper than at Roku.com.
What is it?
If you have a bare-bones 4K TV (no smart home or video streaming features), then upgrading its audio and adding video streaming to it is super convenient—especially since it plugs into your TV with just one high-speed HDMI cable (which is included) for a quick and easy setup.
It’s Bluetooth-enabled for syncing to smartphones, tablets and laptops, so you can stream from your device straight to the soundbar, plus you can also pair it with other Bluetooth speakers for a more immersive viewing experience. The soundbar hybrid even features a “quiet mode” too. This is for those occasions when watching live TV and the commercials come in much louder than the programming. With this feature, everything stays at the same volume level.
It’s also a streaming device
The Roku Smart Soundbar is also a streaming device with the Roku platform built-in. This means you’ll have access to more than 500,000 video and music channels—including Netflix, HBO Now, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, and so much more—out-of-the-box.
Just sync this soundbar/video streamer to your home’s Wi-Fi network for instant access to your favorite movies and TV shows. In fact, it’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Home virtual assistants, so if you have an Echo Dot or Google Home Mini, you can control this soundbar hybrid with just the sound of your voice.
Meanwhile, it comes with a remote that can control your TV too, so you only need one clicker for your TV, streaming device and soundbar. The Roku Remote even has voice search built-in, so you don’t have to “hunt and peck” on a virtual keyboard to look for new movies and TV shows. Just hold down the microphone icon on the remote and just say what you’d like to watch. So handy.
One of the best features of this soundbar is its video streaming versatility. While other soundbars like the Sony 2.1-Channel Soundbar (priced at $148) or the Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar (on sale for $200, was $250) might deliver comparable audio, sleek design and rival price points, the Roku Smart Soundbar is one of the few that comes with video streaming built-in. If you want one of the best “more bang for your buck” TV soundbars, then go with this one and be prepared for endless entertainment.
Since it’s from QVC, this soundbar hybrid comes with a number of free goodies, such as three months of Pandora Premium Music ($10 value) and three months of Grokker Fitness Services ($45 value). It also comes with QVC’s “EasyPay” service, so you can just pay $31 per month (with zero interest) for five months to get your hands on the Roku Smart Soundbar. Plus, it comes with a 90-day return policy and it ships to your home for free.
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